From the Field

From Forest Fire to MNR to Urban Forester
June 18, 2018 —
BY LINDSAY KEY – JUNE 18, 2018.  Colorado’s Waldo Canyon fire, which burned in June 2012 and caused major flooding, elimination of trees, soil erosion, and the evacuation of more than 32,000 Colorado Springs residents, had a major impact on the career of Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) graduate Rebecca Lamphear. “It changed my perspective on the natural landscape indefinitely, both personally and professionally,” said Lamphear, who was working as an Urban Forester for the City of Colorado… Read More
A Wake-up Call
January 29, 2018 — Logan Huffman

[As part of his graduate studies in Virginia Tech's Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Logan Huffman participated in an International Residency trip to India. Below are some of Logan's observations and reflections about the experience.] Descending into Delhi International Airport, our 777 jolts around as the pilot initiates a go-around. The pilot says it’s due to activity at the airport, but many of us suspect it’s due to visibility. Looking out my window it’s as if I’m looking… Read More
From the Field: Croatia’s Positive Impact
January 25, 2018 — Blake Waller

Going into the International Field Experience (IFE) visit to Croatia, I wondered how this small group of Virginia Tech Master of Natural Resources (MNR) students would be able to leave a positive impact on Croatia in such a short window of time. Once we arrived in the capital city of Zagreb and met face-to-face for the first time, everyone began to communicate and build relationships – after all, we were a group of strangers who would be spending a lot… Read More
Empowered Women Empower Women (IV)
January 22, 2018 — Allison Mihalich

[As a graduate student in Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Allison Mihalich participated in an International Residency trip to India. In Part I , Part II, and Part III of this four-part series, Mihalich described the importance of empowering women in the Thar Desert region, the development and operations of the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF), and profiles of the women JBF has helped to empower.] Profiles of Empowered Women The Sambhra Lions “We are the lions of the home” said Pani… Read More
Empowered Women Empower Women (III)
January 15, 2018 — Allison Mihalich

[As a graduate student in Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources (XMNR) degree program, Allison Mihalich participated in an International Residency trip to India. In Part I and Part II of this four-part series, Mihalich discusses the importance of empowering women of the Thar Desert region, and the story of how the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation originated.] Profiles of Empowered Women The Executive Force Kanupriya Harish, Executive Director and Trustee of the Jal Bhagirathi Foundation (JBF) works hard to maximize the organization’s impact on… Read More